Bandar Seri Begawan – The current sun is increasingly active with larger sunspots and the number increasing. Local solar observers are encourage to look at these sunspots safely with solar filters within this few days (Warning: Do NOT look at the sun directly).
As it can be seen from the photograph below, the sunspots appeared dark but in fact they are not. They were just appear dark by contrast. These regions can reach between 1100 to 2500 degrees Celcius and cooler than the surrounding surface.
These spots were capable of producing X-class solar flares which can effectively damage the man-made communication satellites but also interestingly producing green auroras around the Earth’s poles.
Above: Professor Boonrucksar Soonthornthum (IAU) with members of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam. More Photos.
Bandar Seri Begawan – Brunei Darussalam Astronomical Society had a discussion with Professor Boonrucksar Soonthornthum, Director of National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT), yesterday afternoon (16 July 2011).
Among the purposes of the meeting is to promote astronomy education and popularizing astronomy in this country. Boonrucksar who is also the national members of International Astronomy Union (IAU) wishes the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam, and Brunei in general, to establish cooperation with South-East Asian Astronomy Network (SEAAN). This network serves South-East Asian countries to collaborate and strengthen Astronomical research activities in this region.
Briefing on the International Astronomy Union information is also presented by Professor Boonrucksar Soonthornthum. He explained that “Thailand has become a national member of the IAU in 2006 and currently there are 70 countries or national members.” Currently, Brunei has not been a candidate to become the member of the IAU.
NARIT has a number of modern observatories. Among them is the Thai National Observatory is located in the Province of Chiang Mai houses a 2.4 meter telescope. Attract also established five fruits and k. Public Observatories One of the prototype is located in Southern Thailand (about the same latitude as Brunei) and Professor Boonrucksar Suggested that this observatoy to be one of the research center for Islamic Astronomy. These observatories are expected to be in operation in 2012, next year.
Present at the meeting were Exco PABD: Dk Ratna (Treasurer), Hj Julaihi (Deputy Secretary-I), Pg Shahdani (Deputy Secretary II) and Dyg Salmah (Exco member). Also participating in the discussions is Dr Dr Hj Norarfan Hj Zainal, Deputy Raes of Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College (Kupu SB).
All welcome. In conjuction to the Islamic Astronomy and Astronomy Education Convention, The Seri Begawan Religious Teaching University College (KUPUSB) will be holding exhibitions and skywatching activities at night, July 18 from 8 pm.
The city skywatching programme is also organised by the Astronomical Unit, Department of Survey and the Astronomical Society of Brunei.
Highlight of the night will be the ringed planet, Saturn, and few other deep sky objects like star clusters and nebulas. In addition to observation, an astronomy talk and presentation is also expected.
The event will be venue at the University Collage’s car park.
skymap showing a list of astronomical objects that will be visible on the evening of July 18, 2011.
Above: The Convention’s Banner on the College-University’s website. Closing date for registration is on July 10, 2011.
The Seri Begawan Religious Teaching University College, Kolej Universiti Perguruan Ugama Seri Begawan (KUPUSB), in collaboration with the Astronomy Unit, Survey Department, Ministry of Development will organize a program of Al-Ihya Al-Diniyyah overreach “Islamic Astronomy and Astronomy Education Convention” with a the theme of Education and the Development of Astronomy and Astronomy Syar’ie on July 18 is at 8 am at the Main Hall, Kolej Univeriti Perguruan Ugama Seri Begawan
The program Ihya at-tarbiyyah ad-fifth Diniyyah aims to revive the glory of astronomy and space science as an obligatory Syar’ie kifayah associated with the activities and their religious duties of Muslims, as well as applying values in themselves to observe and appreciate the greatness of Allah Ta’ala through the observation of celestial bodies.
Three papers will be presented by astronomers outside the country, Dr Baharuddin Zainal (Universiti Islam Sultan Zainal Abidin, Malaysia), Associate Professor Boonrucksar Soonthorthum, Director of Research of the National Institute of Thailand (attract) and Dr. Judge lazy, Director of Bosscha Observatory, Bandung, Indonesia.
In addition to seminars, the convention will also hold exhibitions and skywatching activities at night in collaboration with the Astronomical Unit, Department of Survey and the Astronomical Society of Brunei. Scientific program is open to students of Higher Education Institutions, schools, primary and secondary schools, government servants, NGOs, and the public. Registration is open until July 10 at the latest at 4:30 pm.
Those interested are welcome to register through the brochure or contact Dayang Amshahnoorwadi Haji Yaakub, secretary of the Ihya at-tarbiyyah Diniyyah KUPUSB, and Awang Haji Zaini Abdullah, Assistant Registrar, KUPUSB at 2225227 & 2225226. For more information, please visit http://www.kupu-sb.edu.bn.
Program Ihya at-tarbiyyah ad-Diniyyah is a means to promote the roles and services available at Kolej Universiti Perguruan Ugama Seri Begawan to the community in achieving the vision, mission and goals of the collage, as well as to inculcate a knowledgeable environment in Brunei Darussalam.
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